Kauai, Hawaii

One of my favorite places is Kauai, Hawaii.  It’s a destination that without fail – always makes me forget about the hectic stresses of daily life and slows my pace. It’s crazy beautiful and the people are so happy and relaxed – it’s refreshing. They don’t care what handbag I am carrying or what school my kids attend, only that I caught that great rainbow after the afternoon showers.

I wanted to share this place with my family, so I booked a trip for our “spring break.”

We stayed at the St. Regis Princeville overlooking Hanalei Bay. Some of the highlights of our trip were S’mores at the beach bonfire, nighttime tide pool explorations with flashlights and the local Marine Biologist, Captain Paul, watching the kids learn the Hula, and hitting the casual Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant for sushi and the local catch.

From a design perspective – the island is full of color and texture. Here are a few beautiful things that I saw and wanted to share:

Hawaii-March-2011

Photo Credit: Susan Bednar Long

Orchid leis and brown Kukui nut necklaces at the reception area of the Hyatt Hotel, Kauai.

Hawaii-March-2011

Photo Credit: Susan Bednar Long

Saturated color of the salmon pink stucco and deep green tile roofs and foliage at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki Beach.

Hawaii-March-2011

Photo Credit: Susan Bednar Long

Interesting formation of driftwood and lava rock on Kauai’s East shore beach.

Hawaii-March-2011

Photo Credit: Susan Bednar Long

The nautical ceiling at the Hanalei Dolphin’s sushi bar.

Hawaii March 2011

Photo Credit: Susan Bednar Long

Pretty contrast of the salt spray rusted guardrail overlooking the aqua blue waters of Wainiha Bay.

Hawaii March 2011

Photo Credit: Susan Bednar Long

Colorful native succulent plant growing on the river alongside Hanalei.

Hawaii March 2011

Photo Credit: Susan Bednar Long

One of many roadside stands.

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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